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Illness and Misadventure

In cases where students are unable to meet a due date (due to sickness or misadventure), they will:
•   inform the Head of Secondary and classroom teacher as soon as possible
•   provide the school with relevant documentation, e.g. medical certificate, and complete an Assignment Extension Request form (available from the Secondary Office and below)
•   adhere to alternative arrangements for submission of assessment, if applicable, as decided by the school.

For students in Years 11 & 12, the QCAA requires a report that includes the following details:

  • the illness, condition or event (including details of a diagnosis, where applicable)
  • date of diagnosis, onset or occurrence
  • symptoms, treatment or course of action related to the condition or event
  • explanation of the probable effect of the illness, condition or event on the student’s participation in the assessment
  • for non-medical claims, written evidence from a relevant independent professional or other independent third party, such as a police report

Copies of the QCAA medical report template for doctors, the Assignment Extension Request form and other supporting documentation are available from the Secondary Office and the College’s website on this page. 

In Years 11 & 12 students are NOT eligible for extensions to due dates if there is a known reason for an absence that is  a matter of the student’s or parent’s/carer’s own choosing (e.g. family holidays), and the student will be absent on the day the assessment is due.  In those cases, the school can only make the decision to:
• for examinations — offer a comparable examination before the due date; or
• for non-examinations — require students to submit/present the assessment before the due date.

Examples of these situations may include:
• district, regional, state or national representation for sport e.g. athletics, touch
• district, regional, state or national representation for cultural activities e.g. ballet, debate


If a student is not present on the day that the assignment is due without an adequate excuse (chiefly of a medical nature), then their draft copy or the evidence available on their school drive is what the teacher will mark. For students in Years 7-10, if there is not sufficient draft evidence to support a reasonable attempt at meeting the assignment guidelines, then the student will be withdrawn from class and made to produce an acceptable response to the task immediately on returning to school. For Years 11-12, a ‘Not-Rated’ (NR) must be entered in the Student Management system by the date published in the QCAA SEP calendar. In circumstances where a student response is judged as NR, the student will not meet the requirements for that subject.